Toshiba Imaging Systems has announced a customised software interface for the IK-TF7 three-chip colour cameras that enhances fluorescence imaging in living retinal tissues.
The release of Streampix 5 software by Norpix for Phoenix Research Laboratories features a built-in, long-integration button with a frame-time-selection window that enhances live animal retinal imaging studies.
The software has been successfully used with Toshiba's 3CCD cameras by Phoenix Research to capture imagery from the retinas of mice and rats, performing highly sensitive, in-vivo microscopy eye research.
'Using Toshiba Imaging's IK-TF7 three-chip cameras with long integration time and low dark noise, the software (with a corresponding built-in long integration button) allows us to collect photons for several seconds or longer while imaging even fainter fluorescence in living retinal tissue,' said Greg Sprehn of Phoenix Research Laboratories.
He added that the new capability will advance retinal regeneration studies that lead to restoring vision in humans, and finding ways to prevent blindness.
Streampix 5 makes it possible to view, control and acquire imagery from single or multiple cameras simultaneously, all in the same user interface.
A complete management console for the cameras simplifies the setup, control and acquisition from any number of cameras.
In this application, the commercial software interface combines with Phoenix Research Laboratories' Micron III, an advanced retinal imaging system that integrates Toshiba's IK-TF7 three-chip cameras with synchro-scan mode.